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Capture and Upload Content using GNXcapture

A GNXcapture Review

GNXcapture is a Mobile App designed for journalists and editors. It runs on both iOS and Android devices.

The app is available for iOS and Android and on iPhones, iPads, Android phones and Android tablets

Available from the iTunes Store and Google Play
Price: Free (but requires a server license on the GN4 content management system)

GNXcapture is a mobile app for journalists. It is a tool to capture content, while on-location, using a smartphone and uploading it directly into the newsroom. Content can be anything the smartphone is capable of capturing: photographs, HD video, a recorded interview or even type out notes.

GNXcapture

The app is designed to have a minimalistic feel, but don’t let the clean look fool you. The functionality is extensive and the absence of clutter in the user interface removes distractions, leaving the user with a clean, efficient tool that gets the job done.

While every smartphone can capture video, sound and images, the power of GNXcapture lies in its connectivity with the GN4 Content Management System. And that connectivity is two-way, allowing the remote journalist to search the newsroom database for associated content as well as query the Events calendar and associated Tasks.

Tasks and Assignments

A good example of the power of that two-way connectivity is the Tasks feature. Tasks makes GNXcapture a true extension of the normal newsroom functionality allowing newsroom management to include remote users in their planning. Back in the newsroom, editorial management use an event and task planner to keep track of up-and-coming events and to schedule editorial coverage. These tasks and assignments can be created and sent to staff and because GNXcapture functions as a true client to the GN4 content management system, users will automatically see their assignments when they log in remotely using GNXcapture. Just like when using a regular client into the system, tasks and assignments can be viewed, commented upon, progressed, accepted or rejected. The Events, or rather, the Calendars where the events are listed, can be viewed by the GNXcapture app as well, so a remote user will always have access to the full context of his assignments. Content can be attached to tasks too, for example as background information, further enhancing the ability of newsroom staff to communicate clearly with remote users.

     

GNXcapture Calendars GNXcapture showing tasks
A list of calendars. A remote user with the right privileges may open and view calendars Basic information about a task. Content can be “attached” and a user may accept or reject the task (red and green arrows)

Creating content and submitting it to the newsroom

Either working from a task, or by creating a new story, users can “package” multiple files together into a single content package. For example, when covering some event, the journalist can package together a video of the scene, a recorded interview with an eyewitness, a few pictures and even type out some comments or information. When done, the entire package can be submitted directly into the newsroom. Pre-defined workflows will accept packages submitted that way and deliver them to the right location in the GN4 content management system, complete with metadata. Optionally, these workflows can also be set-up to send an alert to certain users informing them that packages like that have arrived in the system. This set-up is extremely flexible and can even allow for content to go directly to the publisher’s website, a great way of dealing with hot breaking news, that gets reported directly from the scene. Pretty powerful.

Attach content Send to Newsroom
Open story with the “attach content” dialog open. The user can capture video, take a photo or record sound (or all) and collect it as a package. When done, the user can submit it to the newsroom, where it will arrive in a pre-defined location, complete with all the correct metadata and ready to enter the newsroom’s workflow.

Search

Provided there is cell phone coverage, a remote user is never isolated from the newsroom. GNXcapture allows the user to search the GN4 system to retrieve content and, optionally, edit it (providing the user has all the appropriate privileges of course). This is true for any type of content, although, again, it is ultimately up to the newsroom to determine what remote users can and cannot do.

Search the newsroom
A search showing multi media components. Screenshot shows icons for “image”, “text” and “video”.  The user can filter out content types, which can be extremely handy when sifting through lots of content.


Summary

GNXcapture does everything it needs to do to make a journalist functional when all he has is a smartphone.

GNXcapture will also run on a tablet of course, such as an iPad or one of the many Android-based tablets. The screen real estate can be a boon with the larger screen, especially if some typing is involved. But even if the smartphone is all you have, GNXcapture takes care of all the essential tasks and makes it easy to stay productive when out of the office.